‘Distressed’ woman bit police officer

Enniskillen Court House

Enniskillen Court House

A 49-year-old Enniskillen woman who was ‘going mad’, headbutted a police officer while being arrested.

Anne Scobie of Drumbawn appeared  at Enniskillen Magistrates Court where she was convicted of two counts of assault on police and disorderly behaviour.


The prosecutor outlined that on February 22, 2015 at approximately 11pm police attended a house in Drumbeg after a report of a female ‘going mad’.

When they arrived they observed Scobie lying on the ground shouting at residents and paramedics “f*** you”. She was warned by police about her behaviour and her language.

While being escorted to the ambulance by paramedics to be checked Scobie became aggressive and started to struggle. She was arrested for disorderly behaviour and was handcuffed to the rear of the police vehicle. Scobie then lay on her back on the ground and kicked a police officer three times in the chest.

En route to the station she headbutted one police officer a number of times and bit him on the triceps, breaking the skin through clothing.

The officer in question required an injection due to the bite.  Defence solicitor Garry Smyth said at the time of the offence the defendant had been in a ‘state of distress’.

District judge Nigel Broderick said: “There’s sufficient evidence given the serious nature of these events to give you an immediate custodial sentence.”

The judge noted one glimmer of hope though in her pre sentence report.  He decided to defer the sentence for six months until October 27 on the conditions Scobie doesn’t re-offend, continues to engage with ‘Time Out’, a project run by New Horizons, engages with the community addiction team and pays a total of £400 compensation to the two officers assaulted.


The District Judge warned if she did not comply with the conditions he would send her to prison.

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